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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Heath care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

Former President Bill Clinton

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)


Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

National Council of Aging


Pediatric Programing Descriptions

Audience Key:
| HH = Home Health | HOS = Hospice | NUR = Nurses |
| PHY = Physicians | PD = Private Duty | TH = Therapists|

200 Series – Thursday, October 31, 1:30 – 3pm

204. Medicaid Pediatric PDN: Meeting Patient Needs within Budget

Many home care companies specialize in providing pediatric private duty nursing services to technology-dependent children. Successfully operating a Medicaid pediatric PDN program takes a combination of solid cost controls, utilization oversight, and staffing management. This program will focus on the operational and management actions that provide the best opportunity for delivery of high quality care to pediatric Medicaid patients while staying within budget.


  • Identify the highest risks to financial solvency in providing Medicaid PDN
  • Describe an analytical framework for evaluating operational weaknesses in Medicaid pediatric PDN
  • List the steps to consider to stabilize the financing and operations of a Medicaid pediatric PDN program

Faculty: TBA

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.5 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/SKA); Social Workers 1.5 CEs, NASW (except CA and MI), BBS (BBS except marketing credits)

Track: Financial
Audience: | HH | HOS | NUR | PHY | PD | TH


300 Series – Friday, November 1, 8 – 9:30am

314. Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care

This presentation will discuss the need for, and challenges of, developing a transitional program to move children with special health care needs through the health system to adult care. The program will include data on national trends of an aging pediatric population, information about barriers to be overcome, and guidelines for developing a transition program.


  • Discuss the definition of transition and the various considerations for developing s transition program
  • Discuss the goals of transition
  • Discuss challenges and factors affecfting transition

Faculty: Kathleen Pfeiffer, BSEd, RN, BSN, Director of Pediatric Clinical Operations, Bayada Home Health Care, Burlington, NJ; Thomas Davis, MD, Director of Comprehensive Care Clinic, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.5 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/SKA); Social Workers 1.5 CEs, NASW (except CA and MI), BBS (BBS except marketing credits)

Track: Quality
Audience: | HH | NUR | PHY | PD | TH


400 Series – Friday, November 1, 2:30 – 4pm

415. Child Life and Music Therapy in Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care: A Program Model

This presentation will highlight child life and music therapy in pediatric palliative and hospice care. Faculty will share examples of interventions designed to meet the unique needs of families with children who need hospice care.


  • Describe Child Life and Music Therapy roles in a pediatric hospice setting
  • Identify the unique needs of patients and families in a pediatric hospice and palliative care setting
  • Describe the use of Child Life and Music Therapy interventions in and palliative and End of Life Care (Hospice) Setting

Faculty: Deborah Dempsey, MMT, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist, StarShine Hospice and Palliative Care, Cincinnati, OH; Tina Ulanowski, MEd, CCLS, Child Life Specialist III, StarShine Hospice and Palliative Care, Cincinnati, OH

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.5 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/SKA)

Track: Clinical
Audience: | HH | HOS | NUR | PHY | PD | TH

600 Series – Saturday, November 2, 8 – 9:30am

602. We Have to Comply with Medicare CoPs? But We’re a Pediatric Agency!

In this presentation, the challenges of an agency specializing in pediatric hourly care may face in obtaining Medicare Certification through accreditation will be discussed. The presenters will share their experience with this process and the steps taken to prepare for and successfully achieve Medicare Certification and Accreditation Commission for Health Care Accreditation as a pediatric agency.


  • Identify the different challenges a pediatric agency may have when seeking accreditation
  • Describe the preparation required prior to notification for readiness for survey
  • Discuss how to achieve and maintain the required census without significant loss of revenue

Faculty: Tracy Gorter, RN, Administrator, Ultimate Nursing Services, Sheldon, IA; Jan Miller, RN, BSN, Compliance Officer, Ultimate Nursing Services, West Des Moines, IA

Course Level: Intermediate; 1.5 nursing CEs; 1.5 CPEs (NASBA/SKA); Social Workers 1.5 CEs, NASW (except CA and MI), BBS (BBS except marketing credits)

Track: Clinical
Audience: | HH | HOS| PD |

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